Douglas Groothuis at the blog The Constructive Curmudgeon wrote a blog post on "Losing Our Letters."
I must say, I didn't find the article to be curmudgeonly at all. In fact, it's rather inspiring.
Toward the end, he writes:
"Simply because letters are irrepressibly personal, most of us still get a small (but not cheap) thrill from finding a letter in our mail box addressed to us in handwriting (and not machine produced)—a letter that often has a telltale thickness, indicating that it houses several pages, folded and written by human hands."But, I think you should go read the entire piece. It's quite interesting.